2014 End of Year Newsletter

Mays Business School Former Students Demonstrate the Aggie Core Value of “Selfless Service.”



Pictured left to right: Rich Hardy ‘95 & ‘12, Doug Burris ‘94 & ‘12 (EVP, Country Fresh), Julie Orzabal ‘91 (Director, Executive MBA Program), Misty Page (Asst. Director, Executive MBA Program), James Dwyer ‘12 and JD Daniel ‘12 at Mays’ City Centre Campus in West Houston.)


Current and Former Students of Mays Business School donated 41,694 lb. of food to the Houston Food Bank, during the 2014 ‘MBA Programs Annual Food Drive.’

Lead by Former Students from Executive MBA class ‘12, current students from Executive and Professional MBA classes ‘15 & ‘16, along with Former Executive MBA students from classes ‘01 through ‘14, collected food and raised monetary donations during the Fall at Mays Business School’s City Centre campus.


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Pictured top left flowing clockwise: 1. Doug Burris ‘94 & ‘12, Rich Hardy ‘95 & ‘12, JD Daniel ‘12 and James Dwyer ‘12 at the Houston Food Bank.. 2. Rich Hardy ‘95 & ‘12 and future Aggie sons, Trip Hardy ‘26 and Jax Hardy ‘28 unloading at the Houston Food Bank. 3. Golf Tournament Banner – BTHO Hunger! 4. James Dwyer ‘12 and future Aggie son and daughter, Eoin and Marigny Dwyer ‘24 unloading at the Houston Food Bank.)


“The goal is for the Food Drive and Golf Tournament to continue this growth trend and become premier philanthropic events for the Houston area…” – JD Daniel ‘12 Food Drive Committee


Additional funds were raised and food was collected at a golf tournament in December.

Former and Current Executive, Professional and Full-Time MBA students (some traveling from out of state), along with other Houston area Aggies, families, friends, and sponsors such as Aggie owned Jason’s Deli and La Trattoria Tuscano, aided the cause. (Jason’s Deli of Kingwood and La Trattoria Tuscano of The Woodlands partnered with the Food Drive by catering lunch and dinner for the golfers.)


The Food Drive Tradition started in 2010 when some Class ‘12 Executive MBA students got together in December for a day of golf after a “tough” first semester. In the spirit of “Selfless Service,” those Aggies chose to tie a philanthropic tone to the golf outing with each golfer bringing “12” cans of food to the golf course. ~ 500 lb. of food was collected that first year, enough to fill the trunk of one Class ‘12 student’s car.


As the Food Drive Tradition continued, “Country Fresh,” a fresh fruit and vegetable distributorship headquartered in Houston turned cash donations into an exponential increase in the total food donated. Through the buying power and partnership with Country Fresh, the Food Drive has grown each year since it’s inception. With 1,372 lb. of food donated in 2011, 2,347 lb. in 2012, 14,802 lb. in 2013, and now 41,694 lb. being donated in 2014. The goal for the Food Drive and Golf Tournament is to continue this growth trend and become premier philanthropic events for the Houston area.


All Aggies, friends, family and others are welcomed and encouraged to participate in 2015.


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